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CME E-mini and Equity Trading Hours Explained

We often get asked for the official E-mini S&P 500 (ES) trading hours. The CME Group website has all the hours listed for the various E-mini markets as well as other equities, energies, commodities, and interest rate markets. Click here for the full table or click the image below to see the full list.

Highlighted is the regular E-mini S&P 500 market that we trade. Note the time shown are US/Central (currently UTC-5), so that is why 8:30 a.m. open outcry is listed instead of the US/Eastern (UTC-4) equivalent of 9:30 a.m. Therefore, if you want U.S. East Coast time, add an hour to all times shown.

Click the image to see the CME’s full list of trading hours

We find it best to trade during hours of consistent volatility. This means we start looking for trades at the open outcry time (market open), even though the market is open nearly 24 hours. On weekdays, the E-mini S&P 500 is available from 6:00 p.m. EDT the previous day until 5:15 p.m. EDT the current day with a trading halt from 4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT. Click here for contract specifics.

New Group Mentorship Class Starts April 2, 2015 – Limited Seats Available – Learn Exact Entry, Profit, and Stop Loss Strategies

Day Trading CoachA new Group Private Mentorship class begins April 22, 2015. Eight weeks of live training with John Paul will teach you everything you need to know to successfully trade futures and currencies. All courses and software are included with lifetime licenses. This new session has classes twice each week.

We expect this new session to fill up quickly. It’s a good idea to reserve your seat as soon as possible.

Click here to submit your $500 deposit. This deposit secures your seat and provides you with the first week’s materials ahead of time. You’ll be able to receive the ATO course and software for NinjaTrader right away!

What’s included?
• Live coaching with Day Trade to Win founder John Paul
• Atlas Line® software with lifetime license
• Roadmap method with lifetime software
• Blueprint method (as taught in Power Price Action)
• X-5 method (as taught in the Floor Trader Secrets Manual)
• At the Open (ATO) Course with lifetime software
• Trade Scalper Course with lifetime software
• Price Action Scalping Course with lifetime software
• ABC Pattern with lifetime software
• How to Filter Trades
• How to Trade the News
• How to Set Up Your Charts
• How Manipulation Works

…plus much more!

Live Atlas Line Signals During Price Action Webinar – March 13, 2015

The Group Mentorship Program that begins March 25, 2015 includes the Atlas Line and many other trading methods with lifetime licenses. Submit the deposit and you’ll receive the first week’s course and software head of time! Click here to find out more.

In this webinar recording, John Paul shares his live charts to a large audience of traders. In the video, he first covers long-term trading strategies for 2015. Even for daily charts for swing trading, the ATR can be used to determine expectations of where price can reach, either short or long. The market has consistenly retraced for or five candles for each dip. One option is to go long two points above the previous high. The expectation is to wait 54 days for the market to reach this point. If the market never reaches this value, it is statistically unlikely that a higher high will be made. Watch the video to see this explained further.

At 19:40, John Paul shows the Atlas Line because a signal has occurred. The Atlas Line price action trading software produces live Long or Short signals. A signal is produced when two bars close above (a Long) or two bars close below (a short) the Atlas Line (the dashed pink line). There are a number of stop loss strategies discussed. If the profit target is not hit, you take whatever stop comes first. Were the live signals in this webinar successful? You’ll have to watch to find out.

Thursday, March 12 is Roll Over Day for CME Equity Index Futures

Thursday, March 12, 2015 is the day to roll over your equity index futures. If you trade the E-mini, you can roll over your contract to the next contract period, June 2015 (ES 06-15 in NinjaTrader). It is customary to roll over the futures contract eight days before the contract expires. This is known as the roll date. The next roll date will be June 11, 2015.

Click here to see the CME page with an explanation and future dates

Click here to see the official rollover instructions from NinjaTrader

The way we at Day Trade to Win roll over futures contracts is as follows. NinjaTrader usually “knows” the contract contract to use for any given market at any given time. When you know it’s time to roll over (or even if you want to check), do the following:

1. Go to NinjaTrader’s Control Center > Tools > Instrument Manager.

2. In the name box (top center of the Instrument Manager), type in the abbreviation for the market you want to roll over, e.g. ES. Click Search.

3. In the result box, click the correct market and the row will highlight. Notice below how NinjaTrader knows to set the Expiry date to the correct value (06-15 in this case). Click the left black triangle / arrow button so that the new ES contract is added to the list on the left. Then click OK. Optionally, you can click the old ES 12-14 contract and click the right arrow/triangle button to remove it from the list.

From this point forward, you can open a new chart for the new contract period or switch over your current chart by using the drop-down list in the upper left corner of the chart.

CME Index Futures Trading Holiday Calendar for 2015

2015 Trading HolidaysHere is a look ahead for trading holidays in 2015…

*All times listed are in the US/Eastern (ET) time zone; the same as New York time. All listed closures apply to CME equity products (futures) such as the E-mini S&P.

Holiday Market Hours
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mon., Jan. 19: Early close at 1:00 p.m. ET
President’s Day Mon., Feb. 16: Early close at 1:00 p.m. ET
Good Friday Fri., Apr. 03: Early close at 9:15 a.m. ET
Memorial Day Mon., May 25: Early close at 1:00 p.m. ET
Independence Day Fri., Jul. 3: Markets close early at 1:00 p.m. ET
Labor Day Mon., Sep. 7: Early close at 1:00 p.m. ET
Columbus Day Mon., Oct. 12: Normal hours
Veteran’s Day Wed., Nov. 11: Normal hours
Thanksgiving Thu., Nov. 26: Early close at 1:00 p.m. ET
Christmas Thu., Dec. 24: Early close at 1:15 p.m. ET
Fri., Dec. 25: Closed
New Year’s Fri., Jan. 1, 2016: Closed

Click here for the official listing from the CME website.

Gold Investment Strategies in 2015

Gold FixingAll About The Big Picture….

2015 is shaping up to be a somewhat-volatile year for the gold market. January brought on a fairly sharp uptick in prices following alarming lows late in 2015. And yet, the recovery already appears to be on hold, with prices having dropped a bit in recent weeks (though not to the low points of last November). Naturally, there’s a great deal of disagreement among investors and financial publications as to where gold prices are going from here. BusinessInsider.com posted a widely read report citing a very negative outlook on the price of gold from Credit Suisse, which named strength in the U.S. dollar and the rise of equities as financial hedges as the reasons for bearish predictions. Even so, plenty of independent analysts have forecasted a relatively strong (though not lucrative) year for gold.

Given this level of uncertainty, now seems an appropriate time to revisit some of the strategies involved in playing the gold market. Back in 2012 we posted an article on the Gold Fix, essentially outlining the process by which six specific London bankers meet to manipulate the price of gold. Full details are in the article, but it basically goes like this: these men meet and state values of gold they wish to buy or sell until the group reaches a net sum of zero. Independent interests are naturally at play in this process, and for that reason the meetings add an element of unpredictability to day’s end gold prices. This is the case regardless of larger trends in the market.

Before anybody gets too worked up over this manipulative process, however, consider that it’s mostly relevant in day-to-day trends. This can perhaps have a strong impact on gold futures and ETF traders, but for the gold market as it pertains to the actual purchase of precious metal, daily manipulation shouldn’t be as significant a factor.

To clarify, many investors view the concept of gold investment as the purchase and storage of gold bullion—a process that generally takes place online at independent gold markets where prices are updated in accordance with world standards. However, the idea with investments like these, as opposed to playing futures or ETF markets, is long-term holding. Online marketplace BullionVault.com manages over $2 billion in assets at any given time with this practice and encourages investors to feel confident with long-term holdings by offering a choice of secure vaults around the world for the actual storage of physical gold. While the site also allows for immediate purchase and sale of bullion to suit investor needs, the idea of storing metal caters to a more far-sighted approach that’s typical of this corner of the gold market.

It’s ultimately clear that there are two different sets of strategies to apply depending on your brand of gold investment. For those who take a day-trading approach to the market, gold-fixing manipulations add a degree of uncertainty to an investment that’s already facing increasing instability because of external factors. And for those looking more to long-term storage of physical gold, larger market factors such as those pointed to by Credit Suisse in its 2015 outlook will be of the greatest concern.

For most strategic gold investors, it’s the latter that should be more relevant. While gold certainly can be day-traded, and even online vaults cater to this style of trading, the more traditional approach to this particular commodity has always been long-term. People generally invest in gold as a hedge against deflation in currency values. If prices rise, it’s because of varying unease and uncertainty in world economies. So even in a 2015 that’s looking difficult to predict for gold, keep your eye on the big picture. Gold fixing is impossible to predict and shouldn’t have a strong impact on a long-term investment, and week-to-week shifts in prices as we’ve seen early in 2015 will blend into the larger trends of the year as time moves on. Investing in the first place is a decision for each individual investor, but in gold, reacting to small shifts is foolish once an investment is made.

NinjaTrader Indicator Licensing Steps

For new and existing Day Trade to Win clients, this video tutorial will show you exactly how to get up and running with our software for NinjaTrader right away.

Many of our day trading methods include software programs (indicators) for NinjaTrader. In order for these indicators to work with NinjaTrader, you need to follow the steps shown in this video. Once your computer’s license has been activated, you will be able to install and use our indicators on your charts.

These instructions are intended for new customers and existing customers who are using a new computer.

Here are the steps in the video:

1. Open up NinjaTrader > go to NinjaTrader’s Control Center > go to Help > 3rd party licensing
2. For Vendor name, type in “DayTradeToWin” without quotes with the exact capitalization shown
3. For User defined ID, type in your first name and last name without spaces, e.g. “JohnSmith” without quotes
4. Click Submit
5. Your Machine ID license will be generated below > select the entire license with your mouse OR right-click and Select All > Right click > Copy
6. Go to your email and compose a new message to [email protected]
7. Use a subject like “NinjaTrader License”
8. In the body of the email, right-click > Paste (your NinjaTrader license should appear as copied from the previous step)
9. Send the email
10. Await our response to confirm your license has been activated

All of our courses and software with lifetime licenses are provided in the Mentorship Program. Click here to find out about the next class.

NinjaTrader Webinar Recording – 2015 Super Year


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In this video, John Paul goes over the entries and market expectations with the NinjaTrader audience for trading this unique Super Year method in 2015.

Remember the NinjaTrader webinar we did a couple weeks ago? Here’s the recording. It’s another look at the 2015 Super Year. Why is 2015 a Super Year? Because the last digit of the year is a five. John Paul believes the chart itself can tell you exactly what you need to know. The market likes to test where it’s previously been. With the Super Year strategy, highs are tested or exceeded within 55 days on average. If you’re trading during a Super Year or the January Effect has indicated the year should be closing higher than it opened, the bias is long. Watch the video to piece it all together.

Today’s Entry for 2015 Super Year Strategy Confirmed on E-mini S&P Long 2036.75

You may recall a live webinar conducted by John Paul on January 8, 2015 and another webinar with NinjaTrader on January, 9, 2015. In these webinars, John Paul taught how to look for specific setups as per the 2015 Super Year strategy.

It turns out that today, price surpassed the strategy’s 50% point, thus confirming a valid entry. John Paul entered long on this move up. From the screenshot, you can see this is a large move with a large trade: +21.5 points. With 10 contracts in the trade, the profit is currently above $10k. The expectation is for the E-mini S&P 500 to reach the prior highs from December 26, 2014. If you’re Long on this trade, trail a stop to protect yourself.

We recommend watching the video again so you can be on the lookout for future entries…
Click here to watch the video

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Recording – 2015 is a Super Year Bull Market According to Historical Trading Analysis


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Last week, John Paul conducted a live webinar showing traders that 2015 is a “Super Year.” Historically, years ending with a “5” (e.g. 2015, 2005, 1995, 1985, etc.) all the way back to the opening of the financial markets have exhibited consistent behavior. What is it? All of these Super Years ended at a greater price than the price at which they opened. That’s right – they trended bullishly. How can you take advantage of this? In this video, John Paul shows you how to spot breakout moments and position yourself for success. And of course, it’s all based on price action.

When following along, you will be using a clean chart and just the ATR (Average True Range) with a Period value of 4. This period value of 4 means that the green line on the bottom of the chart will be based on the last four bars. The last four bars can be minutes, days, weeks, or years depending on your chart time frame.

With this Super Year method, you will be looking for long trades using two methods. In the first method, you’ll spot the highs and enter above the most recent highs, about two points above. Watch the video for more details and learn the second method!

Remember, Group Mentorship begins in just a couple of days – January 14, 2015. Enroll today and get the ATO (At the Open) course ahead of time. You’ll be able to study and practice in advance. During the eight weeks of training, you will be provided all of our courses and software. John Paul will train you twice a week and build your understanding of how to successfully trade the E-mini and other markets. Click here to find out more and submit your despot to enroll.

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